The Lost City of Z: A Legendary British Explorer's Deadly Quest to Uncover the Secrets of the Amazon
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La narración va saltando entre estos viajes, unas pocas lecciones de historia desde los conquistadores y el presente del autor y su viaje a la zona. The Lost City of Z is at once a biography, a detective story and a wonderfully vivid piece of travel writing that combines Bruce Chatwinesque powers of observation with a Waugh-like sense of the absurd.
Fawcett would prefer to abandon men rather than lose time taking them to a neighboring village to be cared for. The earliest conquistadors left records of their glimpses of this civilization, but by the time they tried to explore the rainforest again, the indigenous people were all but gone.Grann escapes death and tracks down Z, giving the reader the kind of Indiana Jones kicks best experienced vicariously. How about the tiny fish that will swim into any orifice and proceed to do things so terrible that sometimes men had to be castrated to survive. Despite the fact that this book caused me to struggle with my relationship to nonfiction, I was rather taken with the concept. He had read the tales of early Conquistadors, the El Dorado myths that had drawn men to their deaths in doomed pursuit of hidden riches.
This is a book to make you think about what man is: his determination, his understanding, his folly, his ego, and how some of us have these things in greater measure than others.There were many attempts by later explorers of varying levels of expertise to find Fawcett, or at least to learn definitively of his fate. Grann currently lives in New York with his wife Kyra Darnton, a television producer, and their two children. His charisma and competence were sufficient to garner the backing of the Royal Geological Society and later the U. Suspenseful…Rollicking…Fascinating…It reads with all the pace and excitement of a movie thriller and all the verisimilitude and detail of firsthand reportage, and it seems almost surely destined for a secure perch on the best-seller lists. For years after he disappeared, rumors emerged from the jungle of blond-haired, blue-eyed children, supposedly his offsprig, being spotted in tribal enclaves.
But each excursion he made led him to believe that a lost city he codenamed Z existed somewhere farther into the jungle.Fawcett, a man larger than life and one who might seemingly be impossible to capture in the antiquated medium of the written word, comes alive like few other historic characters I have come across. If you are looking for something entirely different that will mesmerize you instantly, you cannot miss this book. He is short, pudgy, and not athletic, but he is helped by some modern conveniences that Fawcett would have snickered at the prospect of using. By his own journalistic autopsis, he vindicates not only Fawcett’s obsession with Z but his own obsession with Fawcett.